GRECAT
Research Group and Study on Farming and Territories

Overview

The GRECAT offers an accompaniment to Regional Councils and agricultural professionals through the use of classical surveys or observatories. To accomplish this mission, the GRECAT has developed for 10 years a tool named OPCRA® (Permanent Observatory of the Rural and Agricultural Change). The results of the diff erent OPCRA® in the region, statistics and cartographies concerning diff erent collective regional organizations are displayed on the internet site. The GRECAT also contributes to give technico-economic approach or study social perception into several research projects, in partnership with other research teams.

Keywords

Observatory
Farming
Rural
Politics
Statistics
Cartography
Territories
OPCRA®

Human resources

  • 7 professors (teaching and research)
  • 5 Research engineers
  • 3 Ph.D. students

Research areas

  • Establishment of rural and agricultural dynamics by observatories (OPCRA)
  • Direct markets and their stakes for farmers and local councils
  • Agricultural future markets and farmers’ strategies
  • Agricultural raw materials markets : fi nancialization and price volatility impact on farms management (economic and financial theme based on econometric models)

Tools and methodologies

  • Computers
  • Statistics softwares (SPAD or SPHINX)
  • Cartographic software

Scientific and professional partnerships

National

  • Faculty of geography of Lille 1
  • Faculty of Finance and Management of Lille 2
  • Regional Council Nord-Pas de Calais :
    Division of economics
    Division of territories
  • ADEME
  • Regional Chamber of Agriculture
  • CASDAR (Compte d’Affectation Spéciale développement Agricole et Rural)

International

  • Interreg-Agrifutur, Belgium, Faculty of Psychology of Liège

 

 

Publications

Monvoisin, P., Ridier, A. and Daniel, K. (2009). Impact of the agenda 2000 Mid-Term review on land and quota rents for French dairy farm. Journal of international Farm Management, 4, 4,1-21
Lanzanova, D. and Reynaud, A. (2010) Sharing water across heterogenous farmers under climate uncertainty. Challenges in Water Resources Management: Vulnerable Zones, Risks and Water Resources Preservation», European Sustainable Water Goal program.
Mundler, P., Guermonprez, B., Jauneau, J. C. and Pluvinage, J. (2010) Les dimensions territoriales de la restructuration laitière. Géographie, économie, société, 12, 2, 161-180.
Verstraete D., Statnik JC., Price dynamics in agricultural commodity markets: a comparison of European and U.S. markets (2013). Empirical Economics

contact

Julie CHRISTIAEN
Team Leader

Tel: +33 3 28 38 46 69
@ : julie.christiaen(at)isa-lille(dot)fr